Cuba, the largest of the Antilles, is an archipelago consisting of a main island
named Cuba, the Isle of Youth and about 4,195 keys and islets. Its elongated and
narrow shape propitiates circulation of trade winds from the Atlantic, which cool
its tropical, humid climate.
Cuba has a very pleasant average temperature of 24,6ºC (76,3ºF) yearround. knowing exact forecast
will help you pack your suitcase
for the specific dates of your trip.
- Average 24,6ºC (76,3ºF)
- Summer Average 26-27ºC (79-81ºF)
- Winter Average 22ºC (71,6ºF)
The city of Havana is the capital of the Republic of Cuba and was founded in 1515.
Its founders called it Villa San Cristóbal, but the Indians of the area insisted
on calling it Havana. Due to its geographical position and the excellent characteristics
of its bay it was given the name Llave del Mundo (Key to the World). For centuries,
it was an obligatory stop for Spanish fleets, conquerors and adventurers. During
the wars of Independence in the latter half of the 19th century the city was untouched
making today's Havana the finest surviving Spanish Complex in the Americas. Although
it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains
an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble
of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
"Old Havana and its Fortifications" was added to Unesco's World Heritage List
in 1982. For more information
and pictures of Havana click here
It is necessary to have a visa to enter Cuba . Those who are coming to Cuba from
countries other than the United States will normally be able to get a "Tourist Visa
Card" from the travel agent who arranges the trip or from the airline that will
fly them to Havana.
Participants coming from the United States have several alternatives as to how to
get their visa to enter Cuba. We recommend the following: At the airport of your
departure for the flight to Cuba ( Montego Bay , Cancun , Toronto , etc) the airline
will sell you a "Tourist Visa Card". This will cost about US$20-25 per person. Tourist
Visa Cards will be enough for those attending any of the Meetings in Varadero.
For a list of Cuba Diplomatic Missions click this link
or this link
The voltage in most residential and trade areas, offices and hotels is 110V / 60Hz,
although all the hotels in Varadero have 220V / 60Hz. The
electric appliances endowed with round spikes should be brought with an adapter
of plane spikes that are the type used for the plugs existent in the country.
The Official Cuban Currency is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). All payments in
establishments operating in foreign exchange in Cuba must be made with CUC. While
in Cuba, you may exchange Euros, Canadian dollars, Pounds sterling, Swiss francs
or US dollars for CUC.
For an updated list of CUC exchange rates, please visit the web site of the Banco Central de Cuba
. Please, notice that it is still possible
to exchange US dollars; however transactions with US dollars are subject to a 10%
NO CARD ISSUED BY A BANK THAT HAS ANY CONNECTION WITH THE UNITED STATES WILL BE
ACCEPTED IN CUBA. THEREFORE CAPITAL ONE, AMERICAN EXPRESS, EGG AND MBNA CARDS WILL
NOT WORK IN CUBA.
Clothing should be light, mainly during summer, so it would be best to wear shorts,
cotton and flannel outfits and sandals. As for winter, a light jacket or a fine
wool sweater and closed comfortable shoes would do, mainly at night. You should
also bring sunglasses, and a bathing-suit and so that you can take a refreshing
swim, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
There are only restrictive sanitary regulations for visitors coming from countries
where yellow fever and endemic cholera exist or have been declared infection areas
by the World Health Organization. In such cases, an International Vaccination Certificate
is demanded. Products of animal and vegetable origin have entry restrictions. Animals
may be imported, previous presentation of the corresponding certificate.
There is a departure tax of $25, payable in Cuban currency (CUC)